Dave Gavitt
College:  Dartmouth College, 1959
Born:  10/26/1937
Died:  9/16/2011
Hall of Fame Inductee
  
In 1979 Dave Gavitt led the charge to form the Big East Conference. He is best known as the first commissioner of the Big East Conference. He held that position from the league’s creation in 1979 until 1990. From 1990 through 1994 Gavitt served as the Celtics CEO. In 2006, Gavitt was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Biography (from HoopHall.com)
Dave Gavitt is one of the architects of the modern game of college basketball. From coach of Providence College to founder of the Big East Conference to chairperson of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee to president of USA Basketball, Gavitt has left a formidable imprint on the game he loves. As coach of the Friars from 1969 to 1979, Gavitt led Providence College to 209 wins, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons, five NCAA tournament appearances, the 1973 Final Four, and three NIT appearances. Gavitt galvanized efforts to create the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as the powerhouse conference's first commissioner until 1990. His work with the Division I Men's Basketball Committee resulted in the expansion of the NCAA tournament to 64 teams and the use of domed stadiums for the Final Four. His lengthy resume and contributions to New England basketball includes serving as Senior Executive Vice-President of the Boston Celtics from 1990 to 1994 and Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame from 1995 to 2003.

Career Highlights (from HoopHall.com)
  • Head coach, 1980 United States Olympic Team
  • Five-time New England Coach of the Year
  • John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 1987
  • Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Basketball Award winner, 1993